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Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 46
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kzoobrew on 11-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 144 | Reviews: 48
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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have said it a million times Iam sucker for a big hopped up red and this fits the bill to a tee.Poured into an impy nonic a dee rich amber with a large blooming off white head atop that took a long time to settle.Fresh resiny and grapefruit hop aromas really jump out at ya,a lighter brown sugar-like malty sweetness comes into play as well.A medium to full almost creamy-like feel wich is odd for the style in the mouth,it glides down very easy.Resiny sticky hops and a hefty caramel malt base fight for supremacy until a bitter hop shot in the finish.a very good beer,nearly great,for me the best of the Dank Tank series.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

picked up this bomber in the atl at green's!

the appearance is super dark and danky just the way a double ipa should be

smells of a superb balance of malts and hops...maybe a touch of chocolate and a hint of coffee

the taste is very malty, but not over malted a nice balance with the hops...but the hops are almost don't make their presence known

the feel is the best ever!...super creamy and just coats your entire mouth

overall this might be one of the best double ipa's ive ever tried!

Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep amber with a thin lacing of foamy head. It smells of intense, spicy, earthy, faint piney hops. You can just barely smell notes of toast and caramel malts underneath the intense hop aroma. The taste is also very hoppy. I get the hops immediately; spicy, earthy, mildly citrusy, floral, and piney - full spectrum. The malt comes through a little in the finish. It's toasty with faint notes of caramel. This is a medium bodied beer with great carbonation and is very smooth.

I happen to really enjoy this one, but I'm a hop head. If you prefer a more malty, less hoppy amber ale, then this won't be for you. A little more balance would probably make this more friendly to the masses, but for me though this was the coming together of an amber and an IPA, and it was an awesome marriage.

Photo of Mavajo
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep mahogany color with decent cream colored head. Nice aroma of fresh hops with some bready caramel malt. Taste is excellent -- piney, fruity hops, resin, bread, caramel. Just a really top-notch blend of the hops and malt...excellent complements. Mouthfeel is good, with appropriate carbonation. Dry.

Really a pleasant surprise. It's been a while since either Terrapin or Sweetwater hit a home run with one of their one-offs, but this one is easily over the fence. Reminds me a lot of one of Bear Republic's beers -- either Hop Rod Rye or Red Rocket Ale...can't quite remember which one it was. Either way, that's great company to be in. Hoppy, tasty and easy-drinking.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a seidel. A deep red/copper color with a dirty-white finger of head. The color is perfect.

Smells like hops. Lots of fresh grapefruit and a little lemon.

Tastes more like an IPA. Moderate malt flavors: sorta sweet. Big bitter profile piled on right afterwards though. And it doesn't stop even after the drink is done. The biting bitterness of grapefruit is most prevalent.

Creamy and chewy texture. Surprising but really nice. Moderate carbonation.

Great and surprisingly unique red ale. The flavor was good but the look and texture were amazing.

Photo of jsanford
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a surprisingly dark reddish-brown with a big, soapy khaki-colored cap that settles to a thin cap, leaving tons of sticky lacing.
S - Pungent hop aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and peach with a solid caramel malt backbone.
T - Lots of dank, resinous hop flavors of grapefruit and tropical fruit with a moderately sweet caramel/candi sugar malt profile that nicely stands up to all that stank!
M - Smooth and fairly creamy, with a touch-over-medium body and good, crisp carbonation.
O - Really excellent Amber Ale, SweetWater has truly hit their stride lately!

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: mahogany red. Not opaque but not much light geting through this amber.Nice off white head.
Smell: fruit and malt, but the hops are the star here. Nice malt, sweet, bitter, fruit mix.
Mouthfeel: pretty full.
Overall: so much great beer out there these days. Nice addition from my home state.

Photo of Kromes
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark amber with a thick off-white head. Sheets of lacing all down the pint glass. Pretty funny story on the bottle.

S: True to its name, it is mostly fresh skunky and citrus hop. There's a sweet malt aroma in the background.

T: Very sweet malt up front that is immediately taken over by a floral and citrus hop flavor. The hop flavor is intense at first and then mellows out to a citrus peel bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-heavy body and good carbonation. A little syrupy and oily from the hop.

O: Yeah, this is one for the hopheads out there. For having such intense flavors, it's surprisingly balanced. Very tasty. I would recommend picking a few up as I think this one is going to go fast!

Photo of wcpmohr88
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let it sit for two weeks then enjoyed it in a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A: Nice amber-red color with a little brown; darker than I thought it'd be. Nice off-white head too, with great lacing. Looks fantastic!

S: Hoppy (pine-ish) with some malt- smelled fairly balanced and inoffensive for a high-gravity offering.

T: Nice mix of hops and malts. Surprisingly drinkable for a beer this strong, with hints of pine tied to the hops. Enjoyed this one quite a bit.

M: A little too carbonated, but otherwise good and smooth.

O: I liked it. They're probably out of stock everywhere by now, but I'd buy it again.

Photo of titosupertramp
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber, mahogany with redish tints. Two fingers of off-white almost tan head. It's pretty soapy with lots of large bubbles. Good lacing and terrific film that resembles the original head.

S: Pretty well balanced with bready, toasted malts and a hop profile that reminds me of their IPA...tropical and citrusy. I like it.

T: Starts out malty, but quickly gives way to the hops. Toasted, caramel malts with pine resin and citrus/tropical hops. Almost has a cat pee quality towards the end..earthy aftertaste. Good stuff.

M: Medium bodied, dry and slightly bitter.

O: This is pretty darn good. If they packaged this in 6 packs, I'd buy it regularly.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass

A- pours a dark shade of amber with a one finger offwhite head. I love when a beer has that nice cherry shade like this one has

S- sticky hops, but the aroma is a little muted...not as strong as I'd like

T- the hops I'm getting out of this are very sweet....not really bitter, but sweet. The finish though, is pretty bitter. But the initial sip? Not so much.

M- actually, it's a little thin....not really a very heavy body at all. Kind of torn on this one

O- I expected something like Nugget Nectar, but this was more like a dry hopped version of every other amber I've had. Disappointing

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of bmanning. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a good, sticky white head and a nice bit of lacing. The nose brings plenty of piney hops, but too much amber malt in the background. Same goes for the flavor, which has too much sweetness. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Pretty good, but not close to Nugget Nectar or other pillars of the style.

Photo of Swim424
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Proof for a glass give away.

A- pours a very deep amber/red with a nice 1-2 finger head. could barely tell it was amber until it was put up to a light.

S-couldnt smell it well. was in a crowded bar, but i did get some hops mixed with some citrus and maybe some caramel.

T- upfront got some citrus and caramel, finishing with some slight hops and caramel. wasn't as hoppy as some reviews seemed to make it. may just be my judgement. I guess it did taste of some hops but just lacked that hoppy bitterness that alot of beers have.

MF- sort of full. some of creamyness to it. not to thick. fair carbonation. pretty well balanced.

O-very good beer. very balanced. Good hop flavor without much bitterness. Would love to find in a bottle and try this again (or on tap). I think this was a very well balanced beer. would highly recommend.

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) for this interesting looking beer.

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades semi slowly with nice thick lacing, cloudy hazy bright reddish cranberry color.

Nose is fresh red ale, tons of reddish malts, lots of caramel and toffee, coppery malts, lots of candy earthy hops, light candied citrus, bit no real fresh hops, light booze, fresh malty.

Taste starts with sweetness, quite sweet thick and malty, reddish malts, light toasty and copper malts, sweety syrupy, candied orange etc. hops bring lots of bitterness but no fresh dry hop taste, earthy and candy hops, candied orange and citrus again, light spicy hops, and a hint of resin when you go really deep. Light fluffy malt feel with a hint of booze. Finish is quite bitter, earthy spicy hops with light candied citrus lingering, and a bit of reddish sweety malts but mostly drier.

Mouth of a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, light warming booze.

Overall a bit let down. If this was just a double red ale I'd be satisfied, but there are no fresh hops at all as it should have had, otherwise decent malts and earthy hops. Can't find a date so there's no way to tell how fresh it is, so that's a huge negative hit for Sweetwater! If you want to sell freshly hopped beers you need to put a damn date on the bottle.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 11/21/11

Lighter hued brown; looks wooden while poured. In the glass it has a deep rusty brown spectrum. Two finger head thins slowly; sticky lace remains. Retention is thin, but lace stays peppered across the glass (much thicker on the second pour).

The aroma is fantastic. It's not an exact ringer for the days when you could find fresh bottles of Lagunitas Imperial Red, but hot damn is it close. Dank hops; oh, those wonderful cannabis aromatics. Pine and zesty citrus, too (the latter being lesser). Layers of biscuit and toasted caramel broaden the aroma; remains rather dry, though.

One sip and I'm slightly peeved I didn't pick up two bottles. The hop profile boasts about as choice a crossing of hop flavor and bitterness as you're likely to find (especially in the South). I imagine it tastes like a big old wad of fresh pine needles that are laced with grapefruit and lemon. Lively and spicy; heck, just a tad juicy, too. Toasted bread and a mild caramel notion make the malt bill just fine and dandy. Some lingering bitterness and a dusting of biscuit.

The feel is situated toward the light side of medium, keeping the beer (and the hops for that matter) from being weighed down. At times it almost seems thin. Carbonation is tingly and well suited to the hop spiciness. The only downside here is that the feel starts to have a coating effect that builds over time. Resiny.

Yes, yes... I should have bought another bottle. Or seven. The abv is right on the cusp of where ease of drinkablility and danger meet. This is the choicest imperial red I've come across in a while. Highly recommended. Jeff, go get you some (and sorry about the bread).

Photo of DCon
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a 1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle of this in a trade w/ CurtisMcArthur. Poured from the Bright Red/Green/Yellow labeled bottle w/ "el Danko" holding up a bar while he has Hops stuck to him & Red First ants climbing up his legs into a 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass. Has BEST WHEN REFRIGERATED but no Freshness Date.

Aroma- Tons of fruit, sweetness, and malt hit the nose first. Has a medium caramel background. Hits the nose hard with character!

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head but dies shorty after. Has the darkest brown/amber colored body possible. Leaves light lacing but very thick across the whole glass.

Flavor- Has tons of carmel and sweet hops in the beginning. Hops and malts are very well balanced and still have nice attributes that make them up! Sweet hops and a medium bitterness level then finishes the beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and has tons of caramel and sweet malts that finish on the palate.

Overall Impression- I would buy this brew again just for the branding! A very impressive Amber/Red Ale. This could also be one of my top 10 Reds. Pursuit of Hoppiness still holds to be #1 for me but pick this up if you have a chance! Fantastic.

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A super-hoppy aroma, with some citrus and malt as well.

T: Tasted of hops (lots of hops), some malt, pine, and a little citrus thrown in as well. Much hoppier than most red ales (it's basically an IPA), but definitely tasty.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a crisp, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not your typical red ale, but definitely worth a shot. very drinkable.

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Guinness pint after I had cleaned up my corney keg in preperation of bringing my Mole Asses Porter off fermintation.

It poured a clear dark amber/red with "sticky nugs" in suspension. The head is a nice 2 finger lightish tan color with very nice heavy lacing on the glass.

The smell is carmel malts with minor earthy citrusy hops.

On tasteing, the hops come forward as does the carmel malts for a well balanced brew. Semi dry finish and lowish carbination as the nugs begin to settle slooowly to the bottom of the pint.

The lacing continues to be heavy and thick on the glass making this an amazing looking brew.

I could throw back several of these, even if the abv. prevents it from being a session brew. BTW, the alcohol is deceptively well hidden.

This is a great brew, even if it is from one of my least favorite cities in the south (carpetbagger central). Definately an A brew !!

Photo of Jules11788
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown; fat 3 finger-width head, sticky lacing, lots of retention

S: Fresh wet hops covered in sticky sweet tropical rock candy. Notes of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit

T: Starts off with some sweet hops up front, opens up into a nice bitterness along the middle, finishes with more sweet hops and a nice malt backbone

M: Thick and creamy, low carbonation, no hint of booze at all

O: This was a delicious hoppy double red ale, one that I would definitely pick up again

Photo of Sideswipe
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle from Palmej1. Thanks Jacob!

Pours a deep red to brown mahogany color with a finger of tan foam. The head recedes leaving sticky lacing and a small coaster floating atop the beer. Strong aroma of citrusy hops and caramel malt. Taste opens with nice hoppy flavors. Orange and pineapple predominate. The hops are balanced by a nice malt backbone which imparts notes of caramel and fresh baked bread. The finish is semi-dry with a lingering bitterness. The beer is full bodied with a viscous, sticky texture. Overall this a good hoppy red ale. Perfect for a winter night in front of the fire.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nashvillain for the bottle.

Appearance: Clear deep garnet. Head is light tan/dirty white. Big, rocky, chunky head. Lacing is tenacious and plentiful. Head drops to a thin cap after a few minutes.

Smell: Earthy and only slightly dank. Some hints of pine and citrus. Caramel and biscuits to boot. Deep caramel notes. Sweetness lingers. Hints of dank, musty, herb. Nicely balanced, surprisingly.

Taste: Nugget and more nugget hops. Pine and grapefruit mix with a touch of mint and the lingering taste of weed. Malts are beefy and help to balance the hops. Biscuit dough and caramel sweetness. Deep rich flavor.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body. Carbonation is on point. Nice and smooth. Drinks quite well.

Overall: A decent take on the style. It's no Nugget Nectar, but what is? Nice balance makes it easy to take down the bomber. Well played.

Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer! Perfect balance of hops to malts. The smell is an instant hint of skunk but it has some nice nutty notes in there also. It has an exceptional taste it reminds me of a mix between there Motor Boat and there IPA, because you can taste malts along with hops. It is medium bodied and is pretty easy to drink this is a great craft beer I would recommend again to anyone. I haven't found a SweetWater brew that hasn't spoke for itself.

Photo of dlello2
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My apologies on the lack of details here. Overall this was a really really good beer that I would love to try again.

A - Dark dark red/amber... almost brown. Half a finger of head. Nice alcohol legs on the glass.

S - Tons of hops and a nice citrus balance. Good amount of malts. Awesome smell.

T - Malts, hops, citrus. Really good.

M - Thick. Lots of carbonation.

O - Awesome beer.

Photo of Merkur
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Beer pours a very dark red color with a finger or so worth of tan head.

Beer smells faintly of hops and fruity.

Beer tastes very earhy of hops, followed by citrusy hops and finishes with a bitter aftertaste, but not too bitter.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the syrupy side.

Very nicely dry hopped.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this one from Gdodd12 in the Secret Santa BIF. Thanks Greg, I'm pumped to try this one.

Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs has a deep red body that is orange around the edges. The center is opaque due parially to the dark red color, but also partially to quite a bit of haze. The head looks great, with about a finger and a half of dark-tan head. The ehad is thick and foamy looking, with great retention and lacing.

The aroma is quite a good one. Lots of sweet caramel malts, but even more hops. Lots of fresh, grassy hops with hints of generic citrus and a good bit of grapefruit.

The big fresh hop characteristics that are in the nose don't translate well into the flavor. A very sharp bitterness comes through first, with a heavy pine and grapefruit flavor to back it up, but the flavors are quickly silenced by big malty notes that mix a ton of caramel malt with toffee and dry, toasted flavors. The great fresh hop flavors from the aroma come through a little bit toward the end of the beer, with juicy citrus and a little bit of grass. The finish and aftertaste leaves the impression of a rich, complex beer, with both hops and malt represented. I think the aftertaste might be the best part of the beer, actually.

The mouthfeel is quite good. Thick and creamy, Fresh Sticky Nugs has the body and carbonation down.

Fresh Sticky Nugs is a solid beer, with its best characteristics being the fresh hop flavor and the aftertaste. A little bit sweet for me, but it is supposed to be a big American Red.

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs from SweetWater Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.